By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 0791082253

ISBN-13: 9780791082256

ISBN-10: 0791093751

ISBN-13: 9780791093757

Bloom considers poets Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, William Shakespeare, Samuel Taylor Coleridege, William Butler Yeats, and so on. a while 16+.

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The book Ecclesiasticus, or The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach, was not taken into the canon, and is part of the Old Testament Apocrypha. As literary works, they both are magnificent; in the King James version, it would be difficult to choose between them for rhetorical power, but Ecclesiastes is far stronger in the original. C. By a splendid irony, the canonical Koheleth is a highly problematic text in regard to normative Judaism, while the uncanonical Ben Sirach is 36 Bloom’s Literary Criticism 20th Anniversary Collection explicitly and unquestionably orthodox, a monument to normative Judaism.

But we also use it for authoritative lists of works, sacred or secular, by one author or by many. ” Canon-formation or canonization is a richly suggestive word for a process of classic-formation in poetic tradition, because it associates notions of music and of standards. But before considering poetic canon-formation, I want to go back to the biblical process of canonization. Samuel Sandmel makes the useful observation that before a text was canonized, it could be copied with inattention, as you or I tend to copy.

But a religious canon is thrown out of balance by a great heretic, and cannot subsume him unless it is willing to be a different religion, as Lutheranism and Calvinism were very different religions from Catholicism. Joachim of Flora or Eckhart could not become canonical texts, but in the secular canon Blake has been legitimatized. What this has done to Blake is now my concern, a concern I want to illuminate first by one large instance of the reading peculiarities brought about through religious canonization.

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